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Postby seanfromcarson » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:43 am

Oh, got it. Hard to catch the humor via the interwebz haha.
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Postby RickF » Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:21 am

Baldy got about 6 inches of new snow yesterday (Sunday, 3-22-09). I carried my skis up about 1,000 feet past the ski-hut. Even with the new snow it wasn't very skiable there. I couldn't see more than a couple hundred feet in any direction, so I couldn't tell if the coverage was better farther up in the bowl. At 1:00 p.m., alone on unfamiliar terrain, in near white-out conditions, I decided to head back down. It turns out that I carried my skis up and down for nothing more than training weights. Even though I didn't get to ski it was still great to be out there.
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badly bald baldy bowl

Postby MikeC » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:24 pm

Went up there today with the intention of skiing Baldy Bowl. Just about all the snow has melted with the exception of a few ribbons that will probably be gone this week. If anyone might be interested in linking up for some spring skiing in the Eastern Sierra for the rest of the season let me know.
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Postby MakeItHappen » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:43 pm

Anyone go up this past weekend? Conditions in the bowl? Past ski hut?

Planning on climbing the bowl next weekend if snow permits. Wanted to know if the bowl has the snow in it to be worth climbing it - if not, crampons and ice axe stay in the car. Or is there still enough coverage to need these items?

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Postby KathyW » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:48 am

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Postby MakeItHappen » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:38 pm

Thanks for the link Wing. Appreciate that.
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Postby seanfromcarson » Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:31 am

The Ranger at the Baldy Visitors Center told me this morning I wasn't going to make it up DBB without crampons.

I think we hit a grand total of four patches of snow, none of which were crampon worthy.

I'm not going to bother asking San Gabriel Rangers for trail info anymore.
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Postby Deb » Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:33 am

seanfromcarson wrote:The Ranger at the Baldy Visitors Center told me this morning I wasn't going to make it up DBB without crampons.

I think we hit a grand total of four patches of snow, none of which were crampon worthy.
I'm not going to bother asking San Gabriel Rangers for trail info anymore.


That's pretty stupid. They probably don't leave their offices too often.

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Which has less snow- DBB or Ski Hut?

Postby LMo » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:05 pm

I am trying to avoid the snow, which trail is less snow covered? Any of the snow patches on these trails worth bringing crampons/ice axe or could they just be avoided by walking around?

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Postby seanfromcarson » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:24 pm

When I went on Friday, the Devils Backbone was virtually snow free. The few patches (three or four) were small, not crampon worthy, and easy to navigate around if you really wanted to. Haven't been up any of the other trails, so I couldn't tell you about those. Hope that helps!
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Postby liferequiresair » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:27 am

Anyone go up this weekend? How's the snow in the bowl?
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Postby Hyadventure » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:02 am

liferequiresair wrote:Anyone go up this weekend? How's the snow in the bowl?

A couple inches of softer snow over a consolidated (hard icy) base of 3" to 1' on last Thursday. It was hot up there and my guess is things are deteriorating quickly.
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Postby simonov » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:14 pm

TacoDelRio wrote:Any weather wizards know when this stupidass heatwave is supposed to get the hell outta town so winter can come back?


Dunno, but holy shit the snowline is higher on Baldy today than it was two weeks ago.
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Postby Luciano136 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:50 pm

TacoDelRio wrote:Any weather wizards know when this stupidass heatwave is supposed to get the hell outta town so winter can come back?


At least not for another week it looks like. I can pretty much see the snowline moving up by looking at it :shock:
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